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Seven Rescued As FG Mobilises Responders To Niger Mining Site

One person was confirmed dead, several others injured, and 30 persons including the site manager were trapped in the incident.


Rescue officials are seen at the mining site in Shiroro, Niger State.

 

The Federal Government says seven persons have been rescued following the collapse of a mining site in Galadima Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

On Monday, one person was confirmed dead, several others were injured, while 30 persons including the site manager, were trapped as a mining pit collapsed in the Galkago community in the Shiroro area.

Shortly after the tragic incident, the Federal Government said it had dispatched first responders to the scene of the site.

 

According to the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, the Federal Government’s swift action underscored its commitment to mitigating the adverse impact of the incident, and rescuing those still trapped in the rubble.

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In a Tuesday statement, the minister’s spokesman, Segun Tomori, said seven victims have been rescued with evacuation ongoing to avert further loss of lives.

 

“Upon learning of the incident, we mobilised our Federal Mines Officer and officials of the Mines Inspectorate to the site. In collaboration with the mining company, we have rescued seven victims, some with injuries. Rescue operations with excavators are ongoing to ensure we avert loss of lives,” The statement said.

 

See the statement issued below:

FG MOBILISES RESPONDERS TO CRASHED MINING SITE IN NIGER

The Federal Government has mobilised first responders to the scene of a collapsed mining site in Galadima Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake disclosed that the swift action of the Federal Government underscores its commitment to mitigating the adverse impact of the incident and rescuing those still trapped in the rubble.

“Upon learning of the incident, we mobilised our Federal Mines Officer (FMO) and officials of the Mines Inspectorate to the site. In collaboration with the mining company, we have rescued seven victims, some with injuries. Rescue operations with excavators are ongoing to ensure we avert loss of lives,” Alake added.

It would be recalled that the Minister recently announced a policy making remedial measures for mining pits mandatory as part of the criteria for applying for mining licenses. This aims to minimize such accidents.

The Minister is actively monitoring the situation at the mining site operated by African Minerals and Logistics Ltd.

He assures Nigerians of the Federal Government’s resolve to investigate the remote causes of the disaster to prevent a recurrence.

 

Segun Tomori

Special Assistant on Media

to the Minister of Solid Minerals Development

4th June, 2024